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Rick Willmott, group chief executive said: “I was very proud to see Willmott Dixon representing both the construction industry and the UK in being a top five company in this pan-European list of diversity leaders. I strongly believe that successful companies are those that provide a diverse and inclusive environment where people feel challenged, contented and included within complementary teams. It is something embedded in our values.

“The FT’s survey shines a welcome spotlight on the business imperative of workplace diversity which will serve as an inspiration to us in how we continue to be a company where our people feel valued and a key part of our growth.”

The company has already made tacking the balance of gender in its workforce a huge priority, with a commitment to achieve gender parity by 2030. This is important as the industry is facing a skills shortage so broadening the talent pool available is fundamental to ensure a sustainable flow of future skills.

Willmott Dixon was founded in 1852 and is behind major national projects such as the recent renovation of Alexandra Palace, the refurbishment of Twickenham’s East Stand and is currently building the new players and members facilities at Wimbledon for the All England Lawn and Tennis Club. The company believes it has a purpose beyond profit and aims to leave a lasting positive legacy in the communities that it works.